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The state of California decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana in 2016. Possession of fewer than 10 grams of marijuana will no longer result in arrest and prosecution beginning in 2016. If you are searched and found to be in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, you will be issued a municipal ordinance violation punishable only by a civil penalty.

 As a result of the “decriminalization” of marijuana, we have observed an increase in DUI charges involving marijuana and cannabis. These changes to the DUI laws in California have prompted numerous questions about the legality of driving under the influence of marijuana.

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Possession of Marijuana Ticket in California

The California Legislature reformed and retained some of the criminal sanctions surrounding marijuana (Cannabis), as well as established a legal possession limit. For reference, any person under 21 in possession of any amount of marijuana is guilty of an infraction. Persons over 21 are not allowed to possess more than 28 grams of leafy marijuana at once or 8 grams of cannabis concentrate.

Persons who possess more than the legal limit may be punished under California Health and Safety Code section 11357, which lays out the scheme for criminal prosecutions and ticketing.

California Marijuana Possession – Penalties

Utilizing the chart, you can look up the potential punishment for essentially any weed ticket with the three following pieces of information:

  1. The amount of marijuana possessed.

  2. The age of the person ticketed.

  3. The number of prior convictions under Health and Safety Code section 11357.

Less than 28.5 grams of cannabis (leaf) or eight (8) grams of concentrated cannabis.

  • Under 18 Years:

    1. First Offense: infraction, four hours of drug education or counseling, up to 10 hours of community service over a period not to exceed 60 days.

    2. Second Offense: infraction, complete six hours of drug education or counseling, up to 20 hours of community service over a period not to exceed 90 days.

  • 18 Years of Age but Less Than 21 Years of Age

    1. All Offenses: infraction, a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100).

More than 28.5 grams of cannabis (leaf) or eight (8) grams of concentrated cannabis.  

  • Under 18 Years:

    1. First Offense: infraction, complete eight hours of drug education or counseling, up to 40 hours of community service over a period not to exceed 90 days.

    2. Second Offense: infraction, complete 10 hours of drug education or counseling, to 60 hours of community service over a period not to exceed 120 days.

  • 18 Years of Age or Older:

    1. This Offense is punishable as a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor generates a criminal record, and the conviction record will be visible on a background check.

    2. First Offense: 6 months county jail maximum, $500 + Penalties and Assessment (Adding thousands of dollars!!!).

Possession of Marijuana on School Property

California Health and Safety Code 11357 section (c) makes it a crime to possess cannabis upon the grounds of any school providing instruction in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, or within the hours the school is open for classes or school-related programs.

Once again, you can see the likely outcome of such criminal citation utilizing the following helpful chart concerning these three relevant factors.

  1. The amount of marijuana possessed.
  2. The age of the person ticketed.
  3. The number of prior convictions under Health and Safety Code section 11357.

    Less than 28.5 grams of cannabis or not more than eight grams of concentrated cannabis  

    • Person 18 Years of Age or Older:

      1. First Offense: Misdemeanor. A fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250)

      2. Second Offense: Misdemeanor. A fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 10 days, or both

    More than 28.5 grams of cannabis, or not more than eight grams of concentrated cannabis, upon the grounds  

    • Under 18 Years:

      1. First Offense: Infraction complete eight hours of drug education or counseling, up to 40 hours of community service over a period not to exceed 90 days.

      2. Second Offense: complete 10 hours of drug education or counseling and up to 60 hours of community service over a period not to exceed 120 days.


Marijuana DUI Defense Lawyer Near Me

If you or a member of your family has been accused of a crime or if you learn that you are under investigation, it is in your best interest to contact Kareem A. Ramadan, a criminal defense attorney at Kareem Law APC, immediately. We can begin building your case as soon as you are informed of an accusation against you, taking the time to listen to your needs and uncover the circumstances surrounding your case.

If you are currently involved in a legal matter, our attorneys can represent you in court. Since 2013, we’ve assisted countless clients with complex litigation. We can help defend you if you did not intend to commit a crime, were the victim of an unjust accusation, or were involved in an illegal law enforcement sting operation.

Arrested for a Marijuana DUI crime? For the sake of your freedom and your future, do not delay.
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A Knowledgeable Marijuana DUI Lawyer

DUI testing is voluntary and must be administered precisely in order to be admissible in court. An experienced Marijuana DUI Lawyer, such as Kareem A. Ramadan, can assist you in reducing or avoiding excessive fines, potential criminal charges, and even license suspension.

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Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Criminal Defense Attorney

The answer is yes, you can, and people do. Driving under the influence of any substance, including marijuana, is illegal and has negative consequences. The consequences of driving high are similar to the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Possession of more than 8 grams of concentrated cannabis products, including hashish, cannabis oils, extracts, wax, dabs, etc., can be a felony offense and can bring jail time if you are found guilty of the charges.

The best way to fight an unfair criminal justice system is to have a great criminal defense attorney to get you through it. At Kareem Law APC, we recognize how important of a role we play in our community and strive to make our fees easy to understand and accept with your other financial obligations. At Kareem Law APC, we provide a “Flat fee” for our client’s cases to provide certainty of what their overall costs will be during this challenging time. Our mission is to provide value in your life at a reasonable rate. Contact our office today for a free criminal consultation and take the first step in protecting your rights and preserving your future.

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When you are facing criminal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. Kareem has been practicing criminal law for more than a decade and is one of the most trusted and highly rated attorneys. Whether you need help with a domestic violence case, felony and misdemeanor cases, theft crimes, or any other criminal charges, call Kareem Law APC for excellent legal representation. Kareem is a compassionate criminal lawyer who will protect your rights, guide you through every step of the process, provide you with the legal counsel you deserve, and fight hard to obtain optimal results. Call today at (888)-506-6519 or use our online contact form to schedule contact with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.



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Attorney Kareem uses his training and experience as a former prosecutor to defend clients throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino. If you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you need someone with experience to defend and protect your rights. Call Kareem.
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